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Cape Town & Surrounds: Day visits

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A day visit to Cape Town townships with TALK Tourism is your opportunity to learn about the history of Cape Town, South Africa’s oldest city with its unique scenery and diverse population, but also to engage in a two way cultural exchange, discovering some of the fundamental concepts of urban African and so called ‘Coloured’ life in the 21st century, and sharing something of your own culture and way of life with the hosts.

The morning is spent visiting sites of historical significance, and would include some of the places listed below. We would also be very happy to accommodate your special interests e.g. school, church or sangoma visits, to mention just a few, if you let us know in advance of your visit.

Langa is the oldest African township in Cape Town. Named after the Xhosa Chief Langalibalele who was incarcerated at Robben Island in 1875, Langa had its beginnings when after the outbreak of Spanish Flue in 1918 people from Ndabeni (which today is an industrial area) were resettled to a nearby area. In 1923 it was established as working class area. Possible sites of interest:
- Old Labour Bureau Office – Men who were coming from the rural areas had their passports to be stamped here.
- Migrant Labour Hostels - In 1942 the first complex of flats for migrant labourers was built, others were to follow.
- Robert Sobukwe Square - On 21 March 1960, the day of the Sharpville massacre, approximately 30 000 people protested against the hated pass laws. People gathered at what is today known as Robert Sobukwe Square in Langa and went on a protest march to Cape Town. Five people were killed that day.
- Old Beer Hall - In 1976, the year of the Soweto uprising, people in Langa burnt down the beer hall which operated with government licence and was seen as symbol of subtle oppression. Elderly people spent their time there, enslaved in alcohol.
- A walk around the township

Khayelitsha which means “New Home” is the newest and biggest African township in Cape Town. It started from forced removals in Crossroads in 1983/84. Possible places of interest:
- Philani Centre – an employment project where people learn skills, like weaving rugs, textile printing, and others.
- Sports Complex – In 1998 a big multipurpose hall was built in connection with Cape Town’s 2004 bid to host the Olympic Games.
- Lookout Hill – In the middle of Khayelitsha there is a hill from which one has a breathtaking view over the whole of the township as well as Table Mountain, False Bay and the Hottentots Holland Mountains. The place has been developed in a tourist site with a restaurant, a craft shop and an small amphitheatre.
- Radio Zibonele – Khayelitsha is the only township with its own radio station housed and run in an old shipping container.
- A walk around the township

African intercultural afternoon (suitable only for groups of four or more visitors) - family members, neighbours and language helpers from the TALK project will explore with you various aspects of urban living.
Through discussion and role-play, you will experience:
* The importance and etiquette associated with greetings
* The use of titles of respect in an African language
* The significance of body language and eye contact
* An understanding of the African concept of ubuntu.
You will be given an African name, learn an African greeting with the appropriate handshake, and learn basic phrases in one of the nine official indigenous languages. To round off the visit, your hosts will teach you one or two African songs complete with dance steps.
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